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The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”

October 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”
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The promotional message on this band’s business card reads: “Blues that make you move.” And they rightly do. Their music, described as Chicago style blues, is tight and flowing, smooth, rhythmic and highly refined, with each instrument blending perfectly into the other while rendering a sound all its own. Listening to it, you do want to dance, take a slow spin, open your ears to the meaning of the song, even if it is with yourself.

But, it’s a verse in one of the first songs to be played by the band at this year’s Bluemont Fair that had me nodding and thinking to myself, “That’s it – absolutely, that’s what defines this band.” “Buried alive in the blues … “ is how the line goes. Buried alive without a care in the world, immersed in your music and where it takes you, oblivious to everything around. Captive of the feeling. That’s how I felt watching “Chopper” sing, a man lost in his music even as he engaged a chatty, freewheeling audience of children and adults, couples and teenagers hanging out on a perfectly beautiful late September afternoon in rural, Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

July 30, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

Englebert Humperdinck’s delightful family opera, Hansel & Gretel, is set for production December 6-15, and auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 by appointment from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market St., Leesburg.

Children should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing one song in English as well as to learn some new music during the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals begin September 29th. To schedule an audition or for more information, e-mail admin@loudounlyricopera.com.

Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

April 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

Franklin Park Arts Center Hosts a Jazz Dance Extravaganza

Experience the power, passion, and precision of live jazz dance. Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will perform Dancin’ on Broadway and Beyond, a Broadway showcase tribute, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. On Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., audiences will experience the thrill of Broadway smash-hit numbers, a jazz dance extravaganza of musical theatre and contemporary concert jazz dance.

Leave the prosceniums and drop curtains in Manhattan; Dancin’ Unlimited, directed by Northern Virginia jazz dance icon Marilyn York, brings the best of Broadway to the small theatre setting. The show is packed with signature songs and dance pieces from A Chorus Line, Fosse, and Pajama Game, with medleys of Sinatra songs and the recent movie musical Burlesque.

“We will take you on a jazz dance journey through dance styles that made Broadway famous,” says York. Dancin’ Unlimited’s motto is “Jazz Dance with Class.” They hold true to classical technique and clean lines with the exuberance to light up Broadway to boot. The program is family friendly, great for jazz dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life

“I just want to do exciting work.”

That’s a quote from Lovettsville sculptor Jeffrey Hall. A true artist who earnestly juggles the need to make a living with the joyful talent inside that knows it can produce magnificent work, and wants to share it with the world.

Walk into Jeff’s enormous 19th century barn turned studio and you are overwhelmed with both the size and the scope of what he has produced. A huge cast bronze sundial piece depicting a man, representing the sun, shielding a woman, representing the moon. A quiet, reflective clay bust of a beloved diplomat – preparation for a formal statue that this fall will grace an embassy in Washington DC. A dramatic Lucite and brass piece that reveals multiple figures and reflections as it slowly rotates on a turntable. … Continue Reading

Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

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Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Beyond the sheer talent of both Al and Amy, audiences love the diversity of instruments they play, their warm stage presence and the multi-media show, ”Land of the Sky” in which they combine live music with projections of their nature photography of the Southern Appalachians. … Continue Reading

An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

March 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

Robbie Limon brings his stage and music presentation of “An Evening with Buddy Holly” to the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, March 23 , at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and & &17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Spend the evening with Buddy Holly as he rehearses his band for the 1958 Winter Dance Party tour of mid-western States. This show features over 20 songs recorded during 1956-1958 and all are performed live and ‘in-person’. You can ask questions about Buddy’s career, his music, and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life that has been described as eighteen months of fame and generations of influence. … Continue Reading

Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel

March 5, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel
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With both cool serenity and a penchant for water and musical fun, the 26-acre Watermelon Park, located on the banks of the beautiful Shenandoah River about 10 miles west of Purcellville, has something for everyone – from the child eager to take her first river-tubing trip, to the country music lover who longs for the days of Patsy Cline.

The park bills itself as “Family Owned and Operated Since 1939.” And, in this case, that old-timey notion of a business that started out doing things the right way, and has never stopped doing it, is absolutely true to fact. Today’s Watermelon Park is owned and operated by John U. Miller Jr. and Family. “Junior” as most folks know him, grew up and still resides in the old stone house which sits upon the hilltop overlooking the park. … Continue Reading

From Broadway to Blue Ridge – CATS Is Coming to Middle School


After a hugely successful 18-year run on Broadway, CATS, the musical based on T.S.Eliot’s book of light verse, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, will be making its next stop on the stage of Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville. This feline adventure, full off incredible choreography and amazing vocals is not attempted by many high schools, and only a handful of middle schools around the country. Dolly Stevens, director, is very excited to take on this elaborate musical production. … Continue Reading

Last Call for Artists

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Last Call for Artists

Visual artists can apply online now for the 8th annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, scheduled for June 22-23. The application deadline is Friday, February 1, no exceptions.

Loudoun artists working in all fine art media may apply to this juried event. Those selected will open their studios to the public for two full days, exposing their work to visitors from the metropolitan region. Last year’s tour brought over a thousand visitors into 50 studios, allowing artists to connect with a targeted audience to increase their visibility and sales.

Professional and emerging visual artists whose studios in Western Loudoun County meet specified criteria may apply as Studio Artists. Loudoun artists who do not have a western Loudoun studio suitable for visitors may apply as Guest Artists. Two- or three-dimensional work will be considered, including painting, drawing, fiber art, wood, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. … Continue Reading

Take Two Comes to Town

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Take Two Comes to Town

Take Two? It’s a first! Two Loudoun leading ladies and local directors, Karlah Hamilton Louis and Dolly Stevens will showcase songs from their professional careers and double the fun by performing both January 11 and 12.

From “Another Op’nin’ to “So Long Dearie,” the show is packed with songs from Annie to Chicago to Mame and tied together with a humorous storyline about two dueling divas who show up to audition for the leading lady role. Each tries to convince the casting director that she is best for the part. … Continue Reading

Andrew Mcknight with Beyond Borders at Franklin Park Arts Center

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Andrew Mcknight with Beyond Borders at Franklin Park Arts Center

Beyond Appalachian, Beyond Blues, Beyond Folk

Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders, a Loudoun band with a growing national reputation, will perform at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and are available online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced nearly half a million miles of blue highways nationwide, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim for his captivating performances and five CDs. Together with original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson and his wife Stephanie Thompson along with award-winning singer/songwriter Lisa Taylor, Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders blends McKnight’s charming tenor voice and acoustic and electric guitars with upright bass, drums, banjo, percussion and more into a wide-ranging soundscape well described as “beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk”. Since their collective debut at the Kennedy Center in 2008, these four seasoned musicians and longtime friends’ tight delivery, sweet vocal blend and eclectic arrangements of Andrew’s masterfully crafted songs has inspired enthusiastic responses at festivals and concerts around the mid-Atlantic region.

The Franklin Park Arts Center opened on February 2, 2008 after more than a decade of fundraising and construction. The 2012/2013 season runs thru June 2013 and features local, national and international performers. Subscription and group discounts are available. For more information visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org

StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

December 13, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

Do you have the perfect scenario for a crime? Can you baffle your audience with clues and laughter? Are you a Loudoun County teen?

StageCoach Theatre Company is proud to announce its first playwriting competition for teens. This competition is open to all teens 13-19 years old who live or attend school in Loudoun County, VA. StageCoach Theatre Company would like to support budding playwrights and encourage more teens to consider playwriting as a form of creative expression. The winning script will be produced by StageCoach Theatre Company during the Summer of 2013.

Plays must be full-length mystery scripts; murder is optional. All scripts will be read. The top three finalists will be asked to meet with directors and professional actors to discuss their scripts and vision for the play. One script will be selected for production.

A $20 fee should accompany the submitted script. However, that fee will be waived if the playwright or a member of the playwright’s team attends the following workshop: … Continue Reading

“Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution

December 8, 2012 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution
The Ghost of Christmas Past (Molly Warndorf) points to memories that Scrooge (Phil Erickson) doesn't want to see. (Photo by Jim Poston.)

By Mark Dewey printed with permission from The Shenandoah Press

There’s a moment in Once Upon A Christmas Carol that appears to be a mismatch. Phil Erickson, who plays Scrooge, is trying to hide from apparitions and regrets, those sisters. He has laid himself back down in his bed and covered his head with the quilts. Molly Warndorf, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past, has to make him get up. Erickson is an accomplished, prodigious actor whose charisma tends to dominate the stage, and Warndorf is an eighth-grade girl who played a munchkin at Harmony Middle School once. Asking her to bully him would not appear to be a good idea.

I expect the moment to ring false, and I cringe as it approaches because I’ve been liking the play so well and I want to keep liking it, but I doubt a one-time munchkin little girl can generate enough personal power to roust Phil Erickson, even if he cooperates. Why not give that task to somebody like Shawn Malone, who’s bigger than the bed Erickson’s hiding in, and whose experience with Not Just Shakespeare, Inc. is even more substantial than his person? And he’s right there in the middle of the cast — a couple of scenes earlier he picked up Drew Hare and wrapped him around his waist with one arm. I’d make that guy kick Erickson’s butt out of bed. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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